“Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs.”
When Things Fall Apart: Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön on Transformation Through Difficult Times
“We can be the kind of people who lead with their hearts and behave to those around them in an ethical, honest, and kindly manner that creates for those who enter that three feet around us a feeling of peace that also serves to steady the self.”
Your Three Feet of Influence, by Sharon Salzberg.
“Having a profitable business doesn’t mean squeezing the lemon for every last bitter drop. It isn’t all or nothing. You can be profitable and generous. Profitable and fair. Profitable and kind. These aren’t opposite ends of some moral spectrum. Quite the contrary.”
Why we choose profit, by Jason Fried
1. Don’t speak ill of others.
2. Avoid passive aggressive behavior.
3. Listen broadly, but don’t waffle on decisions.
4. When in error — admit, apologize, move forward.
– John Maeda
Read some of John Maeda’s explanations on his Four Rules
“We are addicted to our phones not because we rely on them, but to the extent that we recruit them to a harmful project of self-avoidance. They do not mean to hurt us. But we may – and probably do – use them to injure ourselves. Addiction sounds horrible. But it is a hard name for a normal inclination: a habit of running away from the joys and terrors of self-knowledge.”
How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones
“To acquire the habit of reading is to create for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”
– W. Somerset Maugham
(Available as a print, here.)
“I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people.”
I just kept nodding my head in agreement while reading this article by Kayla Chadwick.
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
– Ansel Adams
More quotes on Photography
“Generosity takes effort.”
Read Seth Godin’s full post on The Right Effort of Generosity